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The Minister of Sport of Russia Vitaliy Mutko and the Governor of Ugra Natalia Komarova have discussed the preparations for the Deaflympics

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 A working conference dedicated to the process of preparing for XVIII Winter Deaflympics that will be held in Khanty-Mansiysk in 2015 took place in the Ministry of Sport of Russian Federation. During the meeting the proposals on the sponsorship package and the increasing of the number of information and organization partners of the competitions were considered and the mascot of the games was discussed. The Minister of Sports of Russia Vitaliy Mutko has accepted the invitation of Natalia Komarova to be included in the Organizing Committee of the most important sport competitions for the deaf for the last eight years. The head of the region has informed the minister that according to the current information more than 450 athletes from 27 countries are going to participate in the event.

The members of the meeting has come to a decision that one of the next working conferences will be held in Khanty-Mansiysk with Vitaliy Mutko as a chairman. «There’s not much time left before the Deaflympics. We are going to increase our efforts in informing people from Russia and other countries about these games. We need to conduct the competitions on the highest level – this the way all international sport events are done in Russian Federation. To do this we need to accumulate all our strengths and sources.», – stated Natalia Komarova. According to the head of the region, all venues are ready for hosting the competitions and accommodation of athletes and fans. «As far back as in May the Russian Committee of Deaf Sports has approved the readiness of all venues to host the Deaflympics», – summarized Natalia Komarova.

During the working conference the Director of Department of physical culture and sports of Khanty-Mansiysk Autonomous Okrug Evgeniy REDKIN has shown to Vitaliy Mutko a brief estimation of the effectiveness of the government sport authority he is in charge of and made a number of propositions how to improve the its activities on the popularization of mass sport and professional sport in Ugra. The minister found them very interesting.

As a result of the meeting the head of the region gave a brief interview and answered the question of the Press service of the Ministry of Sport about the readiness of Ugra to host the Congress of The International Biathlon Union in 2016. «We were always ready, even at the stage of making an application and before the voting Мы готовы и были готовы на момент внесения предложения, на момент голосования. In case the Biathlon Union will need such a change, we are at their disposal. I am sure, Russian Federation will not object», – said Natalia Komarova.

The Deputy of the Minister of Sport of Russia, Olympic champion Pavel Kolobkov, the director deputy of the department of mass sport and physical culture of the Ministry of Sport Vladimir Malits and the head the physical training and intergovernmental applications programs unit of the department of physical culture and sports of Khanty-Mansiysk Autonomous Okrug Igor Gubkin have also participated in the meeting.

It is to be reminded that, The XVIII Winter Deaflympics will be held in Khanty-Mansiysk from March’28 till April’05 2015. The preparations for the games are done in close cooperation of the Government of Ugra with the Ministry of Sport of Russian Federation, the International Committee of Sports for the Deaf and the Russian Committee of Deaf Sports. The skiing competitions will be held in the Nordic Ski Centre, snowboarding – in the alpine skiing complex “Khvoyny Urman”, ice hockey – in the entertainment complex “Arena Ugra” and curling – in the ice palace. All sport venues were certified in accordance with the international standards of conducting competitions among deaf athletes.

Source: The Press service of the Governor of Ugra

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